What is ASMR: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response?
If you’ve already heard of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), it’s probably in relation to whispering YouTube videos of people eating or opening packets. While this seems to be a popular version, there’s so much more to ASMR than just this.
So, what is ASMR, and how can you create your own version of it at home?
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and primarily refers to a light tingling sensation that starts at the scalp and works its way down the body. During this process it often grows in intensity until it often becomes a larger shudder.
It’s triggered by a soft and gentle stimulus, which for many people is a sound. This is why those YouTube videos are so popular: the speaker’s voice seems to get deep inside your head and tickles a certain part of your brain.
An ASMR response is generally a low-grade sense of euphoria, and, while not primarily sexual, many people compare it to a really low-intensity orgasm. An ASMR stimulus is known as a trigger, and can include:
- Whispering voices
- Quiet, repetitive sounds (turning pages in a book)
- Tapping on a table with long nails
- Human-related noises, such as a crackling fire, footsteps on a floor, and so on
Not everyone is susceptible to ASMR, however. Also, people have different triggers that seem to be based on personality type, openness, and several other factors.
Current research highlights the role of ASMR in mindfulness. It’s an incredibly easy way to stimulate feelings of euphoria and positive emotional responses to stimuli. What’s more, it can be incredibly relaxing if enjoyed in the right atmosphere, and offers a great way to disconnect from the world.
How to create ASMR at home
Adding ASMR into your wellness routine could prove to have lots of benefits. It helps many people relax and fall asleep, so it’s definitely worth trying. There are a couple of things you can try at home.
Start by looking up ASMR on YouTube. There are so many different channels that you won’t struggle to find one that’s tailored to your interests. This is a good place to start because it’ll help you narrow down your triggers and find what it takes for you to relax.
Alternatively, try one of our Lekki Lifestyle candles. Not only are the scents of tobacco and warm spices tailored to create a sense of relaxation, the dual wooden wick is perfect for ASMR. The wicks give off a light crackle when burning that simulates a burning fire, something many people find relaxing. It has the power to create a full ASMR mood with very little effort.
ASMR can be a great way to improve mindfulness and relax after a difficult day. If you’re thinking of getting into the world of ASMR, why not start with one of our Lekki Lifestyle candles? The wooden wicks are the perfect auditory trigger, and when combined with the sweet and smoky scent it won’t be difficult for you to relax.